|Final two-page splash of Chronicles of Legend from Omnibus #1|
But also during that time, I spent a few hours at a local theatre (about 6 hours total) drawing sketches to raise money for the print cost. In my initial article, I talked about creating your own con space [For a reminder, check HERE]. What that meant, in this regard specifically, was not waiting for someone else to create an opportunity FOR ME. I had already setup, years before, a con of sorts, when comic-based movies came out. So, with that already in place as a resource, I simply used it as my fundraising platform. I stated with a $5.00 investment and was able to produce 50 or so "sketch cards" -- these were pretty big (8.5x5.5"), but could hold more info about the project, though now, 'd use the standard sketch car size (3.5x2.5").
|This Wonders of the Great Beyond piece was|
one of the pinups featured in Omnibus #1
So, like I said, in about 6 short hours, I made about $65, which not only funded my first comic book, but also covered the shipping AND the initial investment of $5. I purchased my print run through print-on-demand (PoD) site, Ka-Blam.com (because they have a sister site, Indyplanet.com that acts as an online store) and got them (about 20 copies) on March 18th, 2010 -- a poignant date for my personal comic career, but that's a story for another time. And because I didn't have to pay for the run out of pocket, I divvied up the copies between a few local comic shops -- this was a radical move because I gave them away FOR FREE!
Indyplanet, netting a sales profit of $4.35. And again, it's obviously not much, but it proves me right -- I made a comic that was immediately proiftable. And once I figure out a solid way to do it on a(n) (inter)national level -- WATCH OUT!
Since then, I've played more to the original plan of using ad space sales to fund print runs, but soon, I'll be going for the gusto, combining both efforts (ad sales AND fundraising) and seeing what that does for me. Of course, sharing this means someone else may beat me to it...so I better get back to work! See ya!